Parent Handbook 2021

Dear Aggie Parent

Letter From The President

Welcome to Utah State University, Home of the Aggies

We hope the next few years are full of learning and growth for your student, and that you feel welcomed as a member of the Aggie family. As the parent of an Aggie, I have seen firsthand the personal growth that occurs as students participate in the learning, discovery, and engagement available at this world-class university.

Students regularly cite parents among the greatest influences in their lives. We recognize you are a tremendous partner in helping your student reach his or her goals. We thank you for your influence and support as your student experiences both the successes and challenges that will shape his or her experience as a learner. Whether you are a returning parent, a first-time parent, or alumni, this handbook will provide you with resources and information to help support your student's transition to college.

While the past year was challenging, we are anticipating fall semester back in the classroom and looking forward to offering students a more traditional Aggie experience. Our campus community has shown enormous resilience during the pandemic, and we are excited to come together again on campus. To stay up-to-date on the university’s plans, please visit, subscribe to the Aggie Parent and Family Podcast, and join the Parent and Family Network for regular newsletter communications. 

Welcome to Utah State, and welcome to the Aggie Family.


Noelle E. Cockett

Old Main Building at Utah State University

USU Parent & Family Mission & Outcomes

The USU Parent & Family Programs Mission is to serve families through programming designed to equip parents with resources they need to help their student succeed at Utah State University. We do this by providing Parent Orientation, Parent Publications & Podcasts, and Deferment & Leave of Absence Outreach. We provide parents and families with these resources to promote student success and independence at any stage in their student’s academic career at Utah State University.

Mission & Outcomes


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a U.S. federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. FERPA protects your student’s rights by ensuring we don’t release any information to anyone without their consent; that includes you, as parents. In order for you to have access to this information, your student will need to go to, and assign you as a delegate.

Find out more about FERPA


This handbook is designed to be a supplement to the Parent Orientation held before the beginning of the semester. Please use this during and after the orientation in order to stay informed, and as a resource in supporting your student throughout the year.

Student Orientation & Transition Services (SOTS)

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the orientation and transition process.

Student Orientation & Transition Services

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The Ultimate Parent Resource

This website is a great place for parents to find information regarding:

  • Orientation
  • Academic Calendar
  • Advising
  • Leave of Absence
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Parent Newsletter
  • Slides and Videos of Parent Orientation
  • And More...

Parent & Family Weekend

Football, food, photos, and family. We designate one weekend a year for the whole family to celebrate being an Aggie.

  • Aggie Football Game & Other Athletic Events
  • Pre-Game BBQ
  • Pictures on the "A"
  • Library Tour
  • Cache Valley Events

USU Alumni Association

The USU Alumni Association is located in the Alumni Center. If you're on campus, stop by the front desk for a free Aggie Ice Cream coupon. 

What is an Aggie

Aggie: an agricultural school or college; also: a student at such an institution.

"When I ask people where they went to school, they always reply, "I’m an Aggie." People do not just graduate from USU; it becomes a way of life. I will forever bleed blue!"

Sian Smith

"Being an Aggie means you are part of something larger than yourself. You are part of the Aggie family, connected to other Aggies around the world. It changes you forever. It becomes who you are. Suddenly ‘I’m an Aggie!’ takes on a whole new meaning."

Scott Olson

Show Me The True-Blooded Aggie

The mission of the Alumni Association is to contribute to the success of Utah State University by providing opportunities for meaningful, lifelong involvement for its alumni, students, and friends.

Aggie Ice Cream




May - September
M-F 9 am - 10 pm
Sat 10 am - 10 pm
Sun Closed

October - April
M-F 9 am - 9 am
Sat 10 am - 9 pm
Sun Closed

Parent Orientation

The college years are a time of transition for young people and their parents. There is no way to move through such an important passage without some feelings of dislocation and loss. But information and insight can help parents negotiate this significant and often neglected phase of their children’s lives.

Karen Coburn & Madge Treeger
"Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years"

Stay Connected

Join the Parent Network to receive customized, timely communications about news, deadlines, campus resources, and more. Subscribe to the Aggie Parent and Family podcast on all major platforms for practical advice about topics ranging from campus safety, academic advising, diversity and inclusion, and the best ways to support your student.

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Advice for An Aggie Parent

Some Basic Facts Parents Should Know:

  • People with bachelor's degress earn about $1 million more in additional income over their lifetime than those without.
  • Financial difficulties are the number one reason students drop out, according to self-reported data.
  • Nationally, less than 60% of students who start toward a 4 year degree complete it within 6 years.
  • Students who feel a connection to campus and are engaged with co- and extra-curricular activites are more likely to graduate.

Parents Should Encourage Their Student To Do the Following To Help Them Graduate on Time:

  • Enroll in USU 1010: University Connections
  • Meet with an advisor to create an academic plan
  • Enroll in the right 15 credits each semester (or 30 credits each year)
  • Complete the FAFSA each fall, even if they don't think they are Pell-eligible (most scholarships require a completed FAFSA)
  • Go to each January to find and apply for scholarships.
  • Get involved with co- and extra-curricular activites (this includes clubs, intramural sports, research with faculty, leadership, etc.).
  • Create a 4-year financial plan.

What USU is Doing to Help Students Graduate:

  • The University Catalog has suggested 4-year plans for each major (see and select Degree Maps).
  • helps students do more than just survive. This includes a media library full of stories of persistence.
  • USU has a variety of resources found in this guidebook. Student fees help pay for these services, so students should use them.
  • For more tips on helping your student succeed at every stage in their college career, visit